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Mushroom Carpaccio

Mushroom Carpaccio

    In Italy, when porcini mushrooms are in season, mushroom carpaccio is one of the delightful dishes you can taste. In America, the only porcini you can find are dried porcini (very few stores stock frozen porcini). They are great with rice (mushroom risotto), […]

Pasta with Ragu (Meat Sauce)

Pasta with Ragu (Meat Sauce)

    Ciao! A few days have already passed since I returned home from Italy. Nice sunny weather, friendly people, good food and wine, and lots of history – this is what Italy is about. September there is a season for porcini and truffles. So […]

Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Sun-Dried Tomatoes

    I still call them ‘sun-dried tomatoes’ even though they are dried in oven. What do I like about homemade sun-dried tomatoes? – An opportunity to control their dryness. I can make them more plump and juicy – and the tomatoes will be perfect […]

Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Capers

Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Capers

    Even though you will not find any luxury ingredients in bruschetta, this small open sandwich deserves to be named ‘a queen of appetizers’. As any other dish, most common bruschetta with tomatoes has its own secret of a great taste. And the secret […]

Pasta with Tomato, Sage, and Pine Nuts

Pasta with Tomato, Sage, and Pine Nuts

    For me, one of the great ways to use fresh sun kissed summer tomatoes is to prepare with them pasta. Simple aromatics, such as sage and garlic, will make the dish incredibly flavorful; and pine nuts will add a nice crunchiness. This pasta […]

Affogato

Affogato

  The days when I was young, a cup of hot coffee with a spoon of vanilla ice cream was one of the most popular desserts. Today I am preparing Italian affogato, which reminds me of my youth days. To excel in making a good […]